Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Reception - Mrs Cronin, Miss Kashani and Mrs Smith

Home learning guidance 

Please see our general overview for phonics/reading, writing, number, shape, space and measure. 

There is no expectation to work through everything for hours and hours everyday ~ just do what is reasonable and suitable for your child during this difficult time. 

Maths ICT websites ~ is an amazing maths tool which schools all across the country use. They have now included a home learning section. You might choose to dip into some of the wonderful activities they have posted. Click on the home learning tab and then follow the EYFS link. 



Mastering mathematics with number fun (FB group) 

Phonics support

Mr Mc - Early Years/Key Stage 1 - #MakingMemories (Facebook) 

The first phonics session is now LIVE on YouTube. Use these highly engaging, energetic phonic lessons to support your child’s phonic skills. Each lesson revises key skills and has a sound focus. 


Also, access to the PhonicsPlay website has been made free ~

username: march20

password: home

๐Ÿ˜€ Phonics Bug E-readers ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿ“š31st March UPDATE ~ please make sure you fully complete the books you read, only then will it register at our end that you have finished your books and need new allocations.

Click on all of the phonic bug icons you see in the book ... some are hidden on the first page, clicking on these will then take you to an activity or question/quiz and also remember to click ‘close book’.

Books will not register as completed until all activities have been done. If you still see a book with an orange box saying ‘opened’ in your ‘My Stuff’ section the book isn’t finished. All finished books move themselves into ‘Library’. Once your book is in ‘Library’ we can see the number of books you have finished. If you have read any books already then please check they are not still sitting in your ‘My Stuff’ section ... if they are, then go back through and click on all the phonic bug icons. We hope this makes sense! 

Please try to use your home learning time to read for at least 10 minutes everyday, this will have a significant impact on reading progress. Thank you. 

๐Ÿฃ Easter ๐Ÿฃ

Well done on completing your first two weeks of home learning. We have been very pleased with all the work you have been busy doing. It is now the start of the Easter holidays and we will not be setting work for the next two weeks. However, we have put together some activities which you might choose to dip into. We hope you find them fun! 

Please also try to keep reading, ideally for 10 minutes each day ~ we are continually checking your e reading books everyday to see who needs more books allocating. So please do not worry if your current allocation gets low, we will load new books onto your account as soon as you get to 0 (at the moment the system will not let us add more books on until you have read all of your current set) 


Easter joke: "What kind of stories do rabbits like best?" ... "Ones with hoppy endings!" ๐Ÿฐ

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Good morning Reception ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Friday. 

(May today be the Fridayest Friday that ever Fridayed) 


Joke of the day ~ “How do you start a teddy bear race?” ... “Ready teddy go” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Quote of the day ~ Dreams know no boundaries ๐Ÿ’ซ

5 things challenge ~ Name 5 things that feel soft

Conversation skills ~ If you could turn invisible, what would you do? 

What am I? ~ I am in the bedroom. I usually have pillows and sheets on me. I am good to sleep in.


Good morning Reception ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Thursday.

(It’s Thursday ~ think positive and positive things will start happening) 


Joke of the day ~ “What wobbles in the sky?” ... “A jelly-copter” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Quote of the day ~ Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible. (Dalai Lama) ๐Ÿ’ซ

5 things challenge ~ Name 5 things that are big

Conversation skills ~ If you could fly where would you go? 

What am I? ~ I have 4 legs. I look like a horse. I have black and white stripes.


Good morning Reception ๐Ÿ˜€ Welcome to Wednesday. 

(Wellness Wednesday ~ keep evolving, follow your heart, love more) 


Joke of the day ~ “Why did the man run around his bed?” ... “He wanted to catch up with his sleep” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Quote of the day ~ You’re off to great places, today is your day!๐Ÿ’ซ

5 things challenge ~ Name 5 things that are circular

Conversation skills ~ Do you prefer summer or winter? Why?

What am I? ~ I am in the bathroom. I have bristles. When I am used I have toothpaste on me. 


Good morning Reception ๐Ÿ˜€ Welcome to Tuesday. 

(Happy Tuesday ~ choose to be kind, choose to be thoughtful, choose to be patient, choose to be you)


Joke of the day ~ “What happened to the chocolate factory?” ... ... “It melted” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Quote of the day ~ Everything is going to be super duper!๐Ÿ’ซ

5 things challenge ~ Name 5 things that start with the letter ‘a’

Conversation skills ~ Would you rather learn to dance or learn to paint? Why?

What am I? ~ I have 4 legs. I am big and grey. I have a trunk. 


Good morning Reception ๐Ÿ˜€ Welcome to Monday! We hope you have enjoyed the weekend and are now ready for a good week of home learning again. 

(When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day)


Joke of the day ~ “What goes tick-tock bow-wow, tick-tock bow-wow?” ... ... “a watch dog” ๐Ÿ˜‚

Quote of the day ~ Believe in yourself, you can do it! ๐Ÿ’ซ

5 things challenge ~ Name 5 things that make you happy smiley

Conversation skills ~ Would you rather be a vet or a police offer? Why?

What am I? ~ I am in the kitchen. I am usually used in the morning. I make toast. 

You will all remember that last half term Reception enjoyed 6 sessions with Natalie from Relax Kids. Today (23/03/20) Natalie has posted a short Relax Kids session on her Facebook page ~ Rainbow Kids Relaxation. Please take a look at her video clip and enjoy joining in. Keep an eye out on her page for additional sessions. 
Enjoy going to the dough disco! 
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Useful resources
Useful ICT links

 Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage


In Reception Class at Thomas Jolyffe Primary School we are committed to ensuring all children acquire the skills to be independent, confident, creative and resilient individuals. We consistently promote children’s Speech, Language and Communication skills and staff share an agreed understanding that a child’s emotional well-being underpins good progress and success for life.   


Below are two parents' guides to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Reception staff, 2019-2020

RSC Mrs Smith:    Mrs Cronin:

RK Miss Kashani:


Mrs Reid ~ Teaching Assistant in Class RSC

Mrs Collett ~ Teaching Assistant in Class RK


Email Communication Statement

As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. Urgent matters are best discussed face to face or via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible. As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.

Working in partnership with parents
See what our parents think of Reception...
On entry to school baseline

EYFS Development Matters


In Reception class we use the month bands to support our teaching and learning.


In the Autumn term we focus on both the 30-50 and 40-60 month bands.

In the Spring term we aim to focus within 40-60 months for most children.

In the Summer term we are working with the Early Learning Goals.



โ€˜Children are captivated by their learningโ€™, โ€˜The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the schoolโ€™, โ€˜School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-manneredโ€™